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Space for Cycling ride 2015

25th April 2015 @ 10:00 - 12:00

Important – Please read message posted on Friday 24 April 2015 21:00

Civic Ride has regrettably been CANCELLED – meeting at Civic still going ahead from 10:00


This is what happened on the day Civic Ride 2015 – on the day



The official Civic Ride will not go ahead due to safety concerns the Safety Advisory Group (Newcastle Council, Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police) which met this morning (Friday 24 April 2015). They say in an email to us:

“The Members of the Safety Advisory Group made the decision that they were unable to support the event on live carriageways due to Public Safety. The event manual did not address the concerns of The Safety Advisory Group or the risk involved of cycling on live roads in a large group of riders.”

Needless to say that we are absolutely gutted. After months of preparation and engagement, we are disappointed that the ride has not been given constructive support due to the perceived risks mentioned above.

We will still be gathering outside the Civic Centre from 10:00 – and we’d ask everyone to come along too for a chat, some announcements and, of course, to collectively show our support for safe protected Space for Cycling in our city.

So please come and join us. While we may not be able to ride, we can still come together to show solidarity and unity for a smarter healthier city, and strength of voice for change and action to create high quality cycling infrastructure.

More than ever we need to make our call for Space for Cycling heard loud and clear!

End of Message

Original event page:

After the very successful Big Toon Ride last May and the Civic Ride in September, we are calling on all bike users, young and old, to show support for Space for Cycling by riding with us, once again on Saturday 25 April 2015. The aim of the ride is to show solidarity and unity for a smarter healthier city, and strength of voice for change and action to create high quality cycling infrastructure, and win the continued support of local politicians.

We will be cycling across our iconic bridges, from Newcastle to Gateshead and back.

Our route can be found at:

Facebook event page, please sign up:

Twitter: #civicride2015

To see all tweets

Our Poster, thanks to Peter Wesolowski for designing it s4c2015


Provisional timetable:

10:00 – Meet on the Ceremonial Way outside Newcastle Civic Centre

10:30 – Leave Newcastle Civic Centre

10:30-11:30 – Ride through the City Centre across High Level Bridge up to the Central pub. Return via the Tyne Bridge

11:30 – Ride ends at Newcastle Civic Centre

11:40 – Speeches (TBC)

12:00 – Event ends

If you would like to help out on the ride please email


A bit of background info about Space for Cycling:

The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle, anywhere, safely – coordinated by CTC in conjunction with local cycle campaign groups, building on a London-focussed initiative run by the London Cycling Campaign. It is supported by cycle industry funding from the Bicycle Association’s ‘Bike Hub’ levy and by private donations.

People-friendly streets are the life-blood of safe, pleasant and healthy communities. Enabling walking and cycling is vital. Back in May and September, at each ride, two hundred of us took to the city streets to ask our Councillors for safe space for cycling and to seek the funding that’s needed to civilise and diversify our transport system. Since then Newcastle City Council has taken the lead amongst the English core cities: by October 2014 67% of the City Councillors had pledged their support.


25th April 2015
10:00 - 12:00




Newcastle Civic Centre
St Mary's Place
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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